MWH Global

MWH Global

In today’s era of seamless economic and social engagement that ignores nationalities, political boundaries and geographical distance, MWH is truly one global community. We are a 24-hour-per-day enterprise. Distances are collapsing. Globalization is going forward. We are better, stronger and more capable because of the blending of cultures, work ethic, intellect and education – and together we accept our solemn responsibility.

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380 Interlocken Crescent, Suite 700 , Broomfield , CO 80021 USA

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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

In today’s era of seamless economic and social engagement that ignores nationalities, political boundaries and geographical distance, MWH is truly one global community.  We are a 24-hour-per-day enterprise.  Distances are collapsing.  Globalization is going forward. We are better, stronger and more capable because of the blending of cultures, work ethic, intellect and education – and together we accept our solemn responsibility.

Our goal is to remain the gold standard of the wet infrastructure sector – where engineering and construction are only part of what we do. 

As a fully integrated worldwide company, our organization and our people are aligned with the critical needs of a fast-changing planet.  Our global platform allows us to move the best technologies around the world to the point of need for our clients, no matter where they are.  Our position and service offerings in countries around the world are broad, deep and respected by both our peers and our clients. 

At MWH, Building a Better World is more than a feel-good statement.  It is our commitment to more sustainable and efficient use of resources in our own communities and throughout the world.  It’s about doing our work better to help ensure that we keep our planet blue for future generations.

  • There are 180 global offices in 35 countries – operating in six continents
  • We are 7,000 leaders, managers, consultants, policy and project advocates, information technology wizards, and economists, statisticians, public relations professionals and financial experts.
  • 5,200 students participated in MWH Climate Change Education efforts in 2010
  • 60% of fresh water was saved and reused by the water-saving basins in the new lock system for the Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Our heritage dates back to 1820 when the Ames Crosta Company was founded and later acquired by Biwater Services, Ltd.  Biwater Services (now called MWH Treatment), a UK Construction and Engineering Firm was acquired by MWH in 2010.

Continuing Our Legacy of Engineering Innovation

A rich and diverse history, our heritage stems from three companies that joined to form MWH as it is known today: James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers (JMM), Watson Hawksley and Harza Engineering Company. These mergers – JMM and Watson Hawksley in 1992 and Montgomery Watson and Harza in 2001 – galvanized the company’s rise to prominence on the world platform where we are now a true leader and a formidable competitor in the wet infrastructure industry.

JMM was founded in 1945 in southern California. In the early 1990s, JMM merged with English firm Watson Hawksley, Ltd. of High Wycombe, England, which originated in London in the 1850s. This created a company of global scope with similar corporate cultures that honored individual expertise and encouraged teamwork, innovation and initiative; and a common view of the industry’s future. The name was eventually changed to Montgomery Watson Harza then to MWH Global in 2001.

In 2010, MWH acquired United Kingdom (UK) based Biwater Services Ltd, a leading UK water construction and engineering firm. The acquisition afforded MWH a broader range of skills to address the creation, management and optimization of existing wet infrastructure assets and enhanced our ability to service the full asset life cycle of our clients from feasibility through commissioning and operation. The companies have a shared heritage in the UK market that dates back to 1820.

Today, MWH is comprised of more than 180 global offices in 35 countries, operating on six continents bringing highly trained engineers, managers, consultants, policy and project advocates, informational technologists, economists, statisticians, public relations professionals and financial experts together. We continue to be dedicated to innovation and committed to mastering and applying emerging technologies to create client-focused results. We have engaged in the engineering, construction, financing and management of some of the world’s largest and most technically significant wet infrastructure projects in the world.

We continue to build on our strong foundation and are constantly improving our services by delivering projects faster and more efficiently through our global resources, aggressively sharing knowledge at an accelerated pace and demonstrating our willingness to change and adapt.

Taking on Sustainable Engineering, Renewable Energy, Climate Change and More

At MWH we believe in the core ethos of sustainability. Our business has a heritage founded on the principles of providing improvements to the environment and proves its dedication through sustainable environmental engineering projects, renewable energy development projects, wastewater recycling efforts, climate change planning and beyond. In addition, with corporate responsibility at the top of many of our clients’ agendas, we believe we can nurture and provide assistance to help them meet their own goals.

At MWH we take corporate responsibility seriously. Our mission is to engage and advance our staff and stakeholder partners toward a sustainable future. We behave responsibly and continually improve in all our activities within the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and communities.

Building a Better World is an inherent principal in the way we do business and live our lives as individuals. We aspire to leave a positive, lasting impact on people and the planet. Our organization and our people are aligned with the critical needs of our fast-changing planet and environment. Our global footprint allows us to move the best technologies around the world to meet the needs of our clients, no matter where they are. Our position and service offerings in countries around the world are broad, deep and respected by both our peers and clients.

As the global leaders of the wet infrastructure sector, we see firsthand how critical water is for life on Earth. We continue to partner with organizations who strive to ensure every single community—and every human being—has access to clean water. That’s why responsible wastewater recycling and effective environmental water treatment are so important to us.

A sustainable future for our planet and its people remain a top priority. To that end, we conduct and support educational outreach programs designed to address climate change and encourage sustainable practices.

We also recognize that the health of our planet is deeply rooted in the health and well-being of its people. We support global humanity by spearheading efforts to cure disease, fight poverty and lend a hand to the many charitable organizations dedicated to causes that fuel our passion. We pride ourselves on being stewards of the planet and look forward to you supporting our efforts.

We strive to provide a company that people are proud to work for, recognizing the importance of sustainability and showing respect for the communities in which we work.

How MWH Global Conducts Business

Our reputation as a top engineering company and trustworthy business partner is critical to our success and is determined by how every MWH Global employee conducts business. Honesty, professionalism, ethical behavior and integrity with our staff, clients and teammates are the cornerstones of our reputation. In that regard, MWH understands the importance of maintaining compliance with the laws, rules and regulations that govern our businesses.

The role of the Board of Directors of MWH Global, Inc. is to oversee the company’s strategy, performance, compliance, and communication with our stockholders. In all of these key activities, our Directors are expected to consider the best interests of the company’s stockholders and exercise their business judgment. The Board has developed a set of Corporate Governance Guidelines that summarize the primary policies and procedures of the MWH Global, Inc. Board of Directors. These guidelines are evaluated to from time to time to ensure that they address new facts and circumstances and evolving corporate governance issues.

A Single Voice Can Make a Difference

At MWH, our purpose of Building a Better World is incorporated into everything we do and, most especially, in how we interact with our clients, partners, vendors and teammates. Honesty, professionalism, ethical behavior and integrity are the cornerstones of our reputation and keys to our present and future business success.

The MWH Code of Business Conduct provides the essential framework to guide MWH team members as they address the needs of our clients and support the communities in which we live and work in a positive and ethical manner.

High Standards for MWH Engineering and Construction Projects

As one of the world's top wet infrastructure engineering and construction companies, MWH aims to achieve the highest standard of health and safety performance in all its products, services and work activities. Effective management of health and safety, one part of our commitment to continuous improvement, is essential and integral to the firm's overall business performance and to the success of all MWH projects.

Industry-Recognized Occupational Health and Safety Program

By implementing the fundamental elements of a systematic approach to safety, all MWH employees and project team members benefit from safe, healthy working conditions. Our focus on safety, however, reaches far beyond simply protecting MWH interests and employees; it also benefits our clients and the communities in which we live and work. Our excellent safety record translates into lower workers' compensation insurance and liability rates and, therefore, reduced costs and risks to our clients. Furthermore, we work closely with clients and stakeholders to ensure we support their unique safety requirements. This includes taking a forward-looking view of safety to embed it for the long-term, incorporating safety in design to help vital infrastructure stand the test of time.

In 2010 MWH introduced the SafeStart program, which outlines a visible minimum standard of health and safety that is diligently communicated and enforced at every level of our organization. The program empowers our employees to engage and involve themselves in every aspect of health and safety across all areas, activities and disciplines. Each level of management demonstrates safety leadership, providing a safe work environment and promoting safety as a value.

SafeStart encourages a proactive approach to health and safety. SafeStart policies and procedures include a code of safe work practices for construction; a substance abuse program; confined space program; as well as a host of practices compliant with global, regional, state, county or city-specific standards. By implementing the fundamental concepts of a systematic approach to safety, MWH employees and project team members enjoy safe and healthful working conditions.

The SafeStart program is one example of our commitment to improving corporate and project health and safety, not only through the reduction of incidents, but through the introduction, application, compliance and continuous improvement of our health and safety management. As we apply lessons learned and implement best practices across the globe, we inform and educate our employees to ensure a consistent approach and safe, healthy working environment across all projects and offices during the planning, management and execution of our work. Our policies and procedures are continuously reviewed and updated and are always readily available. As in all vital aspects of our business, our executive leaders are heavily involved with our health and safety program, providing the leadership necessary to engage our people in the promotion and achievement of our safety performance.